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Nov 26, 2021 United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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Case file for the 1929 Second Circuit Case of Cheney Bros. v. Doris Silk Corp, which is reported at 35 F.2d 279 (2d Cir. 1929).  Cheney tried to argue that designs for fabric were protected at common law separate from design patents and copyrights, which the court denied.  Note that record at 20-21 and Appellee's Brief 12-13 are mising; they were not filmed.  To get them you'd have to pull the original briefs.  Scanned at the Library of Congress.
Topics: copyright, design patent
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Nov 23, 2021 Harry D. Kerr
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An Answer to the argument of the manufacturers of phonographs and other mechanical reproduction devices.  Issued by the Authors and Composers Copyright League of America.
Topic: copyright
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Adopted at their annual convention in 1907.  Relates to the pending copyright bill and concerns about monopolization of the player piano market by Aeolian, and would lead to the 1909 Copyright Act.
Topic: copyright
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Oct 12, 2021 Edwin P. Kilroe
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Lecture, Assembly room of the New York County Lawyers' Association, Friday, November 17, 1944, on copyright legislation: A. England, B. United States, C. France
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Sep 17, 2021 Eugene J. Keogh
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Documents from the Eugene B. Keogh papers about attempts to amend the constitution to include trademarks in the late 40s and early 50s.  These are from the papers of Rep. Eugene Keogh at SUNY-Albany
Topics: trademarks, constitution
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Aug 20, 2021 Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals
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Unpublished opinion from 1992 of the 9th Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel in Mitsui Manufacturers Bank v. Unicom Computer Corp. (In re Unicom Computer Corp.), subsequently reversed by the 9th circuit: https://cite.case.law/f3d/13/321/6119006/.
Topic: bankruptcy
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Aug 10, 2021 United States Congress
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The first Copyright and Patent Bill proposed in Congress, HR 10 from the first session of the first Congress was long thought lost until a second-generation typescript was located at the US Copyright Office.  This is that typescript.  More information and source: http://www.copyrighthistory.org/cam/tools/request/showRecord.php?id=record_us_1789c
Topics: patents, copyrights
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Aug 9, 2021 United States Copyright Office
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Annual Reports of the Examining Division of the United States Copyright Office.  These are selected for 1948-1977, and complete for 1979-2006, at which point the Examining Division was made part of the new Office of Registration Policy and Practice.  For dates until 1977 these are available through the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress, for 1979 forward these were sourced directly from the Copyright Office.
Topic: copyright
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Jul 8, 2021 US District Court, District of Columbia
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Case file for James Lee & Sons v. Arthur Fisher, Register of Copyrights, No. 3075-58 in US District Court, DC.  They were attempting to override the denial of copyright registration for their "Bel Canto" design floor covering.
Topic: copyright
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Jul 8, 2021 US District Court, District of Columbia
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Case File for Dodge Inc. v. Arthur Fisher, Register of Copyrights, 1426-59 concerning the Copyright Office's rejection of an attempt to register copyright in a trophy base.  Dismissed before judgment, includes photos of item.
Topics: copyright, trophies
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Jul 8, 2021 US District Court, District of Columbia
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US District Court for the District of Columbia Case File for Vacheron & Constantin-Le Coultre Watches, Inc. v. Arthur Fisher, Register of Copyrights.  This case was filed to make the copyright office register a watch body for copyright after they rejected the application.  This relates to a case in New York where they tried to sue a competitor without the registration, and failed.  Vacheron Constantin-Le Coultre Watches v. Benrus Watch Co., 260 F.2d 637 (1958)
Topics: copyright, watches
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Jun 25, 2021 United States Copyright Office
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Renewals of copyrights filed with the U.S. Copyright Office in the years 1901-1908 (so for works registered from 1873-1880).  This volume was found at the U.S. Copyright Office and is printed on badly faded onion paper, I'm sharing it here since no other record of this publicly exists.
Topic: copyright
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Jun 10, 2021 National Academy of Sciences
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1967 Report on copyright and computers from National Academy of Sciences, one of the first such studies.
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May 21, 2021 Register of Copyrights
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The report presents results of a survey on the state of the digital audio transmission industry and the potential for harm to copyright owners caused by the copying of their works from digital sources. It also examines the need for a royalty system to compensate copyright owners for digital uses of their works, and prepares an analysis of the need for legislation providing a public performance right for sound recordings. The appendix contains fifteen comment letters received by the Copyright...
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May 12, 2021 U.S. Department of Justice
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Fox v. Bouve case file from the US National Archives Department of Justice collection, scanned at the Archives 2 (College Park) location.  The final decision in this case was Bouve v. Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation, 122 F.2d 51 (D.C. Cir. 1941).  This also includes the file for the controversy involving the copyright in Gov. Al Smith's letter in the Atlantic Monthly in 1927 entitled "Catholic and Patriot," which was pulled as a precedent for the Fox case.
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May 6, 2021 U.S. Department of Justice
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File for King Features Syndicate v. Clement Bouve, in his official capacity as Register of Copyrights.  The case concerned whether copyright could be registered in books of comic strip proofs (and other syndicated content in proof format), rather than as individual strips.  There is an unreported decision in this case here: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015081492293&view=1up&seq=197.  This was scanned at the National Archives in College Park, MD, from the files of the...
Topics: copyright, comic strips
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Apr 8, 2021 James Stevens
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Transcripts of Record filed by James Stevens in his litigation over copyright in his map of Rhode Island over three trips to the US Supreme Court in the 1850s. The 1855 version is my scan from the microfilm, which is why the quality is worse.
Topics: copyright, maps
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Mar 27, 2021 Court of Common Pleas, Bristol County, Massachusetts
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Massachusetts state-law case involving ownership of the plate for a map of Rhode Island.  This ended up as US Supreme Court, Stephens v. Cady, about copyright law (reported here, if interested: https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/55/528/), more specifically how ownership of the plate reflects - or does not reflect - ownership of the copyright.  The case originated in the Court of Common Pleas from Bristol County, in a case involving Sarah suing her presumably former husband for...
Topics: copyright, property
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Mar 20, 2021 Edgar Allan Poe
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Edgar Allan Poe's complete case file in bankruptcy before the US District Court for the Eastern District of of Pennsylvania.
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Mar 18, 2021 Supreme Court of the District of Columbia
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Case File of the Washington DC Supreme Court in the case of Valentine H. Everson v. John Russell Young, in his capacity as the Librarian of Congress, appealing his rejection of the plaintiff's copyright application.  Reported decision available here: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hl4fs1&view=1up&seq=559
Topics: copyright, library of congress
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Mar 11, 2021 United States Circuit Court for the District of Massachusetts
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Case file for United States v. Francis Basset, concerning whether the clerk of both the District and Circuit Courts could keep both salaries.  Decision reported at 24 F.Cas 1030, available here: https://law.resource.org/pub/us/case/reporter/F.Cas/0024.f.cas/0024.f.cas.1030.html.  This includes a handwritten copy of the Attorney General's Opinion, which is also available typeset here: https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.35112101351536&view=1up&seq=157
Topic: federal courts
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Mar 4, 2021 U.S. Copyright Office
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A complete collection of blank application forms used by the US Copyright Office for 1909-1945 (one example of each type, forms may have changed subtly over those years).
Topic: copyright
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Mar 4, 2021 US Copyright Office, Examining Division
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Copyright Examination Procedures, along with general introduction to the Examining Division, document held by the US Copyright Office.  This undated document provides details of how examination was done and rules therof for processing applications.  This document is incomplete and only provides information for classes A (printed matter including books), B (periodicals), C (speeches), and D (drama).  Music (class E) and graphical work (classes F-KK) are not included here.  This does include...
Topic: copyright
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Feb 25, 2021 Henry A. Seymour
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Pamphelet published by law office of H.A. Seymour summarizing IP law at the time and providing references.
Topic: patents
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Oct 10, 2020 Library of Congress
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Form SF-135 listing the microfilm contents for the copyright records created 1790-1870 and held by the library of Congress.  Includes cover letter, alternate last page with two additional microfilms, and errata listing errors.
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Set of rules of practice for the federal trial courts in North Carolina, adopted and printed 1886.
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Sep 10, 2020 United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
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Briefs filed with the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of George Bleistein, and others, doing business under the name of The Courier Lithographing Co. v. The Donaldson Lithographing Co., 104 F. 996 (6th Cir.).  The case known mostly because it was subsequently appealed to the US Supreme Court, in a decision by Justice Holmes.
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Jul 11, 2020 Library of Congress
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The Library of Congress's record book of copyright entries for 1875-1885, showing daily entries for copyright for those years, broken down by class.
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Jun 23, 2020 U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
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Bankruptcy records under the 1800 Bankruptcy Act for New Jersey from 1801-1804, held at the US National Archives regional division in New York.  More details:  https://catalog.archives.gov/id/3416349 ; although that record indicates more than this volume.
Topic: bankruptcy
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Jun 4, 2020 U.S. Copyright Office
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Transcript of a meeting at the Library of Congress regarding the draft law that would become the 1976 Copyright Act.
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MLS Dissertation on copyright records in America before 1870 generally, and in Massachusetts 1800-1809 in particular.  Ms. Leonard lived to the age of 102, passing in 2008, leaving her papers to Simmons University.  Simmons University has been contacted and has no objection to my uploading this. A special thank you to the Simmons University Archives for this.
Topics: copyright, history, literature
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May 12, 2020 Atari Corporation
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Copyright Registrations filed by the Atari Corporation prior the effective data of the 1976 Copyright Act (January 1, 1978).  These show attempts to protect Atari's products by registering copyrights including for the manuals and technical drawings of circuit boards.
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Apr 23, 2020 US District Court, South Carolina
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The Copyright Record Book of the US District Court for the District of South Carolina, for the years of 1795 to 1855.  The original is held at the Caroliniana Library of the University of South Carolina (number 2170 in the manuscript collection), but this is sourced from a microfilm copy held by the Library of Congress. From the microfilm scan I processed using camscanner to deskew, but that also lowers the resolution, so I've also uploaded the original microfilm scan as well if people want to...
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Feb 19, 2020 Circuit Court of the United States, MA District
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Case File for Samuel Platt v. David McLure and Amory Houghton, in the Circuit Court for the District of Masschusetts.  There does seem to have been a decision from the District Court in Maine, reported here:  https://law.resource.org/pub/us/case/reporter/F.Cas/0019.f.cas/0019.f.cas.0845.2.html , but I don't see a reported decision of the US Supreme Court, even though I found this in Justice Baldwin's papers at the US National Archives.  Includes Map near the end.  Printed by Eastburn's...
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Feb 16, 2020 William Treloar
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Sheet music for 'The Sleigh Ride" by William Treloar, scanned at the Library of Congress.  This includes suggestions for accompaniment by various nonmusical objects.  1940 edition by Hunleth Music, original composed in the late 19th century.  Has a 1940 copyright notice, no renewal located.
Topics: music, piano
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Feb 16, 2020
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The Treloar Copyright Bill was introduced in Congress by one-term Congressman (and music publisher) William Treloar during the 54th Congress (1895-1897). The original bill was HR 5976 (sourced from microfilm), the amended bill was HR 8211 (sourced from an original at the US National Archives).  The bill failed to pass, but it included a number of measures that were enacted in smaller bills in that Congress.
Topic: copyright
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Feb 15, 2020 U.S. Supreme Court
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Case File for Hotchkiss v. Greenwood, a Supreme Court case about patent law, generally considered the origin of the obviousness bar - it's reported at 52 U.S. 248 (1850).  Scanned at the US National Archives, Supreme Court Appellate Casefiles.
Topic: patents
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Jan 28, 2020 Clerk, U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
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Copyright Record Books for the US District Court for the District of Rhode Island, covering 1790-1816 and 1817-1830.  Library of Congress has subsequent volumes; there are also index cards to these volumes (and a third volume) here: https://archive.org/details/RICopyrightIndicies17901865.  The third volume, which is assignments, is here: https://archive.org/details/RICopyrightAssignments18421865.  There are also addition title pages here: https://archive.org/details/RITitlePages17891842
Topic: copyright
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Dec 27, 2019 Oliver Evans
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Subtitled "In an Address to Unite All Good People to Obtain a Repeal of the Patent Laws, by Patrick N.L. Elisha, Esq, Poet Laureate.. To Which is Added An Alarming Law Case; also, Reflections on the Patent Laws.  Illustrated with Notes and Anecdotes by the Editor."  The general consensus is that the whole volume is in fact by Oliver Evans.  This is the 2nd Edition, the first edition was published 1813.
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Nov 25, 2019 Works Progress Administration, Historical Records Survey
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The WPA Historical Records Survey published a whole series of Inventories of Federal Archives in the States, with Series II being the federal courts.  Five states did not have a published record, and these are the drafts (in various states of completion) from the National Archives for those five states.
Topics: archives, federal courts
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Oct 23, 2019 Henry Baldwin
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Justice Baldwin's notes and papers from Wheaton v. Peters, held in the U.S. National Archives -  https://catalog.archives.gov/id/618867
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Oct 23, 2019 Henry Wheaton
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The "Abstract of the Case" filed with the Supreme Court in the matter of Wheaton v. Peters, about the copyrightability of the Supreme Court's decisions.  This copy is from the Henry Baldwin Papers at the Library of Congress: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/618867.
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Oct 9, 2019 US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
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Case File for E. I. du Pont deNemours & Co. v. Christopher, 431 F.2d 1012 (5th Cir. 1970), scanned at the National Archives in Fort Worth, TX. Order of documents is the Transcript of Record filed with the 5th Circuit, the Briefs to the 5th Circuit, motion papers, and the District Court casefile.
Topic: trade secrecy
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Oct 4, 2019 United States Supreme Court
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The Record and Briefs filed with the United States Supreme Court in Banks v. Manchester, decided in 1888 by the US Supreme Court, holding that decisions of state courts are not protected by copyright law. Scanned from the originals at the Library of Congress.  Also included is the case file held by the U.S. National Archives
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Sep 10, 2019 John P. Butler
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A list of patent interference cases before the U.S. Patent Office in the 19th Century, prepared by the U.S. National Archives.  The work is a 27 page pamphlet with five microfiche cards; the final part of the microfiche was not digitized as it is entirely duplicative of the pamphlet.
Topic: patents
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Aug 30, 2019 United States Senate
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A series of petitions filed with Congress urging the passage of the Boynyge Act, HR 16560, which became the 1905 US Trademark Act.  Located in the Papers of the Senate Committee on Patents for the 58th Congress, scanned at the US National Archives
Topic: trademarks
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Aug 25, 2019 United States Copyright Office
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A collection of various circulars used by the U.S. Copyright Office, mostly in correspondence, in the first two decades of the 20th century around the time of the 1909 Copyright Act (most are dated on the back).  There are of historical interest only, current Copyright Office Circulars are here:  https://www.copyright.gov/circs/ Note that No. 4, the Berne Convention text, is omitted.
Topic: copyright
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Aug 11, 2019 Schumacher and Ettlinger
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The Complaint and exhibits, including a number of copies of the "Opera Bouquet" painting at issue, from Schumacher and Ettlinger v. Wogram, brought in the Circuit Court for the Southern District of New York in 1887.  A written decision can be found at 35 F. 210:  https://cite.case.law/f/35/210/
Topics: copyright, labels
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Aug 10, 2019 U.S. Supreme Court
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The casefile for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Burrow-Giles Lithographic Co. v. Sarony, 111 U.S. 53 (1884), which upheld the power of Congress to extend copyright protection to photography, in a case involving a photograph of Oscar Wilde.  Scanned at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
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On the 20 rolls of this microcopy, M-408, are reproduced an alphabetical card index to the appellate case files of the Supreme Court of the United States, 1792-1909. The index contains about 59,000 cards. The early appellate case files, 1792-1831, have been microfilmed as a separate publication (M-214).  Each card in the index gives the name of the party in the case, the file number, the title of the case, the date the case was docketed, and the date of decision. The title of the case usually...
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List of records created by the Survey of Federal Archives of the WPA during its existence 1935-1943, until its resources were re-routed to the war.
Topics: United States, Courts, Archives
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Aug 7, 2019 United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Subtitle: Taken from the American Journal and Mirror of the Patent Office for 1846, published by John Hancock, No. 16, Wall St., New York.  Typed compilation of all rules and circulars in force at the time.  Includes the main rule pamphlet, which is titled "Information to Persons Having Business to Transact at the Patent Office."
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Jul 4, 2019 United States Supreme Court
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Case file for the "Ben Hur" case, Kalem v. Harper Bros., decided by the Supreme Court in 1911.  Scanned at the National Archives; I omitted the record and briefs since they're otherwise available online.
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Jun 21, 2019 Clark Jillson
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Per description, read before Worcester Society of Antiquity on April 1, 1979.  Printed at the press of the author in Worcester.
Topics: plagiarism, poetry
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Jun 9, 2019 United States Copyright Office
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Instructions And Rules For The Preparation Of Index Cards In The US Copyright Office - 2nd Edition, July 1939.  Very in depth rules for preparing the Copyright Card Catalog cards.  Original at the US Copyright Office.
Topic: copyright
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Apr 28, 2019 Hugo Mock
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Short treatise on patent law and its relationship to industrial trusts and antitrust law like the Sherman Act circa 1910.
Topics: patent law, antitrust
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Apr 1, 2019 EDUCOM
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Bulletin of the Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM) for April of 1967.  Scanned with Camscanner at the Library of Congress.
Topics: copyright, computers, networks
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Mar 20, 2019 Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM
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Bulletin of the Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM) for October of 1967.  Scanned with Camscanner at the Library of Congress.
Topics: internet history, privacy, law
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Mar 19, 2019 Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM)
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Bulletin of the Interuniversity Communications Council (EDUCOM) for December of 1969.  Scanned with Camscanner at the Library of Congress.  Featuring an article on privacy and future internet by Paul Baran.
Topics: internet history, privacy
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Mar 7, 2019 American Society For Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge
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American Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Prospectus.  This particular example was located in the files of the Senate Committee on the Library at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., and contains extensive hand edits and additions.
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Draft of a Report of the House Committee on the Judiciary for the 21st Congress, 2nd Session, recommending repeal of Section 25 of the Judiciary Act of 1789, which provided for appeal of state supreme court judgments to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Also includes James Buchanan's minority report in draft form, urging that Section 25 not be repealed.  The final version was printed at House Report 43, 21st Cong, 2nd Sess (Jan 24, 1831).  Scanned at the U.S. National Archives.
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Feb 18, 2019 Office of White House Counsel
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Associate White House Counsel (and future Supreme Court Justice) Elena Kagan's files from the case of Lotus v. Borland, which concerns the copyrightability of a spreadsheet user interface configuration.  The file is mainly draft briefs.  Originally shared by Lee Gesmer.
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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U.S. Trademark Statutes, and Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases, Before the U.S. Patent Office, issued November of 1898.  Includes statutes and internal rules regarding prints and labels being registered under the 1874 Act.  Scanned at the Library of Congress with CamScanner. 
Topics: labels, trademarks, patents, law
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Copyright Office
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U.S. Trademark Statutes, and Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases, Before the U.S. Patent Office, issued January of 1892.  Includes statutes and internal rules regarding prints and labels being registered under the 1874 Act.  Scanned at the Library of Congress with CamScanner. 
Topics: patents, law, labels, trademarks
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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U.S. Trademark Statutes, and Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases, Before the U.S. Patent Office, issued January of 1885  Includes statutes and internal rules regarding prints and labels being registered under the 1874 Act.  Scanned at the Library of Congress with CamScanner. 
Topics: patents, trademarks, law, labels
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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U.S. Trademark Statutes, and Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases, Before the U.S. Patent Office, issued October of 1882.  Includes statutes and internal rules regarding prints and labels being registered under the 1874 Act.  Scanned at the Library of Congress with CamScanner. 
Topics: patents, trademarks, labels, law
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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U.S. Trademark Statutes, and Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases, Before the U.S. Patent Office, issued July of 1881.  Includes statutes and internal rules regarding prints and labels being registered under the 1874 Act.  Scanned at the Library of Congress with CamScanner. 
Topics: patents, labels, trademarks, law
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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U.S. Trademark Statutes, and Rules of Practice in Trademark Cases, Before the U.S. Patent Office, issued January of 1877.  Includes statutes and internal rules regarding prints and labels being registered under the 1874 Act.  Scanned at the Library of Congress with CamScanner.  This copy was apparently given by J.E.M. Bowen, the trademark examiner at the Patent Office at the Time.
Topics: trademark, labels, patents, law
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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Rules of Practice of the United States Patent Office, these from August of 1869.  Scanned at the George Washington University Law Library using Camscanner.
Topics: patents, law
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Feb 1, 2019
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Rules of Practice of the United States Patent Office, these from March of 1866.  Scanned at the Library of Congress using Camscanner.
Topics: patents, law
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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Rules of Practice of the United States Patent Office, these from December of 1855.  Scanned at the Library of Congress using Camscanner.
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Feb 1, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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Rules of Practice of the United States Patent Office, these from February of 1883.  Scanned at the Library of Congress using Camscanner.
Topics: patents, law
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Jan 31, 2019 U.S. Copyright Office
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Rules of Practice of the United States Patent Office, these from February of 1878.  Scanned at the Library of Congress using Camscanner.
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Jan 31, 2019 U.S. Patent Office.
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Rules of Practice of the United States Patent Office, scanned using Camscanner at the Library of Congress.
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Report from US Copyright Office to Librarian of Congress concerning various issues of copyright policy and administration.  Signed : C.L. Bouve, Register of Copyrights.
Topic: copyright
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Jan 26, 2019 Aeolian Weber Co
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Corporate minutes for the Aeolian Weber Piano and Pianola Company, covering 1903-1913.  Photographed from the original held in the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. Pages 3-54 are the Articles of Incorporation , By-laws, and the like, dated August 1903. Following that section are pages of meeting minutes for: September 1903 [pages 55-56] October 1903 [page 57] November 1903 [page 58] December 1903 [pages 59-60] January 1904 [pages 60-61] February 1904 [pages 61-62] March 1904 [pages...
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Jan 15, 2019
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Rules of Practice of the Patent Office (now USPTO) involving filing patents and other types of IP protection.
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Catalogs Collection
Jan 15, 2019 Clerk, U.S. District Court, District of Vermont
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Copyright records including lists of copyright registrations, transmittal letters, and other materials sent from the clerk of the US District Court for the District of Vermont to the US State Department between 1831 and 1834.  The catalog entry for these can be found here: https://catalog.archives.gov/id/1079677
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Jan 14, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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Rules of Procedure for Filing Patents, Trademarks, Designs etc with the U.S. Patent Office, issued September 1873.  Pamphlet at the end has the first edition of rules for filing for copyrights in prints and labels under the 1874 Act.
Topics: patents, trademarks, designs
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Jan 14, 2019 U.S. Patent Office
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Pamphlet published by U.S. Patent Office in August of 1884 containing rules and forms for filing patents
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Folkscanomy: A Library of Books
Jan 10, 2019 U.S. Patent Office, Mortimer Dormer Leggett
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Rules for filing for patents, trademarks, and designs with the U.S. Patent Office, along with forms.
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Folkscanomy: A Library of Books
Jan 10, 2019 U.S. Patent Office, Charles Mason
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Pamphlet issued by the United States Patent Office in 1854 providing rules for filing for patents and designs, and other activities.
Topic: patent law
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Oct 30, 2018 U.S. District Court, D.C. District
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Court record of the appeal of the Thomasville Furniture Company's appeal of the denial of its copyright registration for furniture, case number 1959-68 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
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Sep 28, 2018 United States Supreme Court
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Correspondence and other miscellaneous papers located in the case files for the Slaughter-House Cases, eventually decided by the Supreme Court in 1873 and reported at 83 U.S. (16 Wall.) 36 (1873).  The cases are each individually listed by their original captions above
Topics: constitutional law, civil rights, louisiana, 14th amendment
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Sep 17, 2018 U.S. District Court, District of D.C.
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Miscellaneous Pleadings from Washingtonian v. Pearson, eventually decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1939 (306 U.S. 30).  These are from the trial court (District Court, Washington D.C.), and include a Motion to Dismiss, a Motion to Strike, a Motion for Rehearing, and several documents from the conclusion of the case.
Topic: copyright
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Sep 17, 2018 U.S. Supreme Court
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The File for Washingtonian v. Pearson, decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1939 (306 U.S. 30).  This combines the version of the casefile which has long been available on microfilm with an expanded version held by the U.S. Copyright Office, which was gracious enough to let me photograph the volume.  For those who don't know, the case is about whether a registration for copyright is valid if not filed immediately after publication.
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Sep 7, 2018 Nathan Burkan
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People v. Mae West et al, Court of General Sessions, County of New York (1928).  These are the papers of Mae West's attorney, Nathan Burkan, in the course of his representation of Ms. West when she and the cast of the play "The Pleasure Man" were tried for various counts, all variant on a desire to censor the play for its content, which includes cross-dressing and implied homosexuality.  The first page is a table of contents.  Note that People v. Joe Flinn is part of the table of...
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Aug 28, 2018 United States Supreme Court
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Transcript of Oral Argument in U.S. v. Paramount et al, OT 1947 No. 79, argued February 9-11, 1948.  about whether movie producers could also own movie theaters or engage in "block booking" under the antitrust laws.  The Court would ultimately hold no on May 3, 1948, with the reported decision at 334 U.S. 131. There is some warping on the pages due to using the deskew function of CamScanner, but it should be entirely legible.
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Aug 10, 2018 Library of Congress
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A compilation of Copyright Office regulations beginning in 1874 for registering copyrights, issued by the Library of Congress and then the Copyright Office. 1882 and 1886 are not in this compilation and were scanned separately.
Topics: copyright, law
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Aug 10, 2018
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Supreme Court case file for Erie v. Tompkins, reported at 304 U.S. 64 (1938), famously holding that there is no federal common law in the United States.  I did not scan the sections which are already easily available at http://civprostories.law.cornell.edu/, just the photographs and documents not reproduced otherwise.  Original located at the National Archives in downtown DC.
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Collection of documents giving history of the progress towards what would become the 1909 Copyright Act.  Courtesy of the U.S. Copyright Office.
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Aug 7, 2018
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Briefs filed before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and Unpublished disposition in Jack Gee Jr. et al v. CBS, Inc. & Columbia Records, concerning ownership of Bessie Smith's sound recordings.
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Aug 7, 2018 Edward Knight, Congressional Research Service
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1969 CRS Report on mechanical royalties and sound recordings.
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Jul 23, 2018
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Trial and Deposition Testimony from Washingtonian Publishing Co. v. Drew Pearson et al.  The case went up to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1939 on the question of whether the copyright registration was valid, and this testimony is all from the period afterwards, where the District Court held a trial as to whether infringement had occurred.  The case centered on the book "Washington Merry Go Round" and its sequel "More Merry Go Round" about political happenings in Washington...
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Jul 22, 2018
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Briefs and Transcript of Record filed with the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Capitol Records v. Mercury, about rights in World War 2 vintage classical sound recordings.  The case was decided in 1955 and reported at 221 F.2d 657.
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Jul 22, 2018
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Briefs filed with the Court in RCA v. Whiteman, reported by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in 1940 as 114 F.2d 86.  The three documents here are Paul Whiteman's Reply Brief, RCA's Answering Brief, and co-defendent W.B.O.'s Answering Brief
Topics: copyright, law
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Jun 20, 2018 Robert Alexander Campbell
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Polka written in tribute to Thomas Edison and his phonograph.  Scanned from copyright deposit copy at Library of Congress.
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Jun 8, 2018 U.S. Copyright Office
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Older book of U.S. Copyright Office rules of practice and procedures for registering copyrights.  The book was created shiortly after passage of the 1909 Copyright Act, and combines the procedures of different sections of the Copyright Office.
Topic: copyright
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Preliminary inventory of the records of the US Supreme Court, done by the US National Archives.
Topics: supreme court, law, archives